How to Install a Automatic Drip Irrigation System in a Raised Bed Garden

How to Install a Automatic Drip Irrigation System in a Raised Bed Garden


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Today we have another exciting episode for you! And I’m still visiting So next, we’re going to go ahead and set
up the irrigation. And you guys might be thinking, “John, you know, setting up those raised
beds, that’s super simple. You put out those frames and fill some dirt, hand mix it. Yeah
it’ll get you sweating a little bit, but it’s really easy. But I’m scared of the
irrigation, man!” And people are needlessly scared about irrigation. Irrigation in my
opinion is easier than all the groundwork! I’d rather set up irrigations all day instead
of build raised beds all day. It’s a lot less work, you know. Super simple, super easy!
Any of you guys could do it. And I’m here to help and show you guys how to easily do
it. So number one, what you’re going to need,
I recommend anyways, is a watering timer, digital hose and watering timer. This basically
hooks up to your hose bibb here, and it has a little computer in there. And it comes on
and turn off at certain times. So what this allows you to do, this allows you to be free.
This allows you to go to work and not worry about if your garden is going to get water.
This allows you to travel to Hawaii and sit on the beach. And while you’re sitting on
the beach, provided you got a good battery in here, your garden is going to be watered
without you, without having to ask a friend to come over. Because let me tell you, I’ve
asked friends to come over to my house and water. And they’ve forgotten. And my plants
didn’t make it. And that wasn’t fun. And I don’t want you guys to lose your plants.
And sometimes you get busy in your life. Sometimes you got to take your kids to the emergency
room, and you might forget to water in that 100 degree day. And if you forget that one
day, you’ve put all this money, energy and time into your garden to plant it out. And
if you forget that one day, when you had to do something else you forgot to water, 100
degrees, you know, the soil’s bone dry, your plants are going to be kaput. They’re
gone just because you forgot one day. They are that delicate. So that’s why I recommend,
you know, get the best insurance, automatic watering system, right. Super simple. These
timers depending on where you get it, they are about 30 bucks, you know. There’s several
different options. We got this as the Home Depot. We got the
Dig brand. I specifically went with this brand was because what I did was I kind of went
online and saw which models the Home Depot offered and Lowe’s and Target and other
stores. And then I googled, you know, the model number, found amazon reviews, other
reviews, read all the reviews. And this one kind of had the best reviews of them all.
Not all the reviews are positive, but overwhelmingly this had higher marks than other brands. I
personally know the Dig company that makes this, and this unit is designed and made in
Israel, you know, for the extreme temperatures over in Israel. So I think that’s a little
bit higher quality, in many cases than maybe stuff coming out of China. The thing I don’t
like about this, it only has a 3 year warranty. Whereas some of these timers have like a 7
year warranty. The most likely part of the timer to fail is the valve mechanism that
turns on and off. And what you don’t want to do is leave them out in the cold winter
months. You want to maybe, you know, cover it minimally. Because if it gets too cold
and the water expands inside when it’s frozen, it will break your valve. It will either be
stuck open or stuck closed. Being stuck closed is definitely a better thing to happen. The other thing we want to do regularly is
come by and check the little battery meter on here and make sure it’s good. If it’s
getting anywhere near under maybe a quarter or getting close, replace the battery. Don’t
wait till it’s fully out, right. Because if you wait till it’s fully out, if it’s
fully out one of two things may happen. It may be stuck open or may be stuck closed.
Being stuck closed is probably a better thing, that depends. One time my garden timer was
stuck open for like a month at a time without me knowing it. The water bill was expensive.
That’s the bad news. The good news is my plants were alright because they got constant
water. And I, looking back at the situation, although my water bill was quite expensive,
I’d rather have my timer stick open than stay closed. Because then I would have lost
all my plants. And my plants are more valuable to me than, you know, I don’t know, a couple
hundred or more bucks of a water bill. Alright, so we’re going to set this guy
up really super simple, super easy. Open this guy up. Nothing to be afraid about. If you
guys use an iPhone or android phone or smartphone, you guys could operate a water timer, seriously.
It comes with instructions in here in the box. These are super simple to use. And if
you’re kind of intuitive and stuff, you could figure it out yourself, which I’m
going to do. On the bottom, first thing is you’re going to want to install a battery.
So we’re going to go ahead and pull this apart. And this guy takes a 9 volt which I
kind of like. It’s probably going to last longer than some of those units that take
4 double A’s or even 2 double A’s on some of them. Always, make sure you always use a alkaline
battery in these guys. Don’t ever use the carbon zinc ones. And try to get a good name
brand. They’re going to last you longer. Your health of your garden is at stake. Alright! So we put that guy in. And fired
it on up. It basically has the time at 12:00 noon. I think the time is maybe 3:30. So we’re
just going to go ahead and do all the settings. I mean, we’ll set it later. We don’t need
to show you guys all the settings. So basically on here the controls are pretty
easy. There’s a manual on and manual off. So if you want to just water your garden or
test your system, press the On, you could hear it. Can you hear the valve go click,
there’s some kind of like valve that just in and out. Then you press the Off. You could
hear it close. And then there’s a couple different modes. You press the modes for the
timer and the days to water, the start time, the off time. And you have 4 different programs. So I do encourage you guys when you look for
a water time, look for one that you could program up to 8 times a day. That’d be optimal.
They have internet connected timers. You could spend a lot of money on a timer and all this
kind of stuff. 4 times a day would be minimum. Don’t do any less than 4 times a day. Why
you want 4 times a day is specially in the middle of the summer time, what you want to
do is you don’t want to do like one long 30 minute soak with the drip irrigation, you
know. Maybe that might be good for like, you know, shrubs and trees and things like that.
But for the gardening, what I prefer to do is actually short bursts of irrigation to
get the root zone wet and to go a little bit deeper. So for example, in the summer time
when it’s going to be getting hot, you know, I may water right in the morning, you know.
Plants are kind of awake enough, the sun’s coming out,yeah give them a squirt of water,
right. I’ve been giving them maybe, I don’t know, 5 minutes. And this depends on your
weather conditions, your soil consistency, the plants you’re growing. There’s a lot
of factors. And then maybe like, you know, the sun comes up at noon, your garden is the
space where it gets full sun like around noon. So then maybe like, you know, your plants
are kind of getting hot. If you come out and you see their leaves drooping, then you know
you should have actually already have been watering them. So then I might maybe water
around 1 o’clock, 12:30, maybe another 5 minutes. Hit them another 5 minutes, another
3 minutes, depending on, you know, also the dripper volume, how much water flow you’ve
got coming out the dripper. If it’s a 1 gallon per hour dripper, a half gallon, 2
gallon per hour dripper, and/or your water pressure coming out. This is all going to,
you know, play an influence on how long you need to, to do it. And then, and then maybe
like, you know, if at 3 o’clock it’s still really burning up and your plants have burned
through the water, you watered for a couple five minutes at once. So then you might want
to hit them again at 4. Hit them at 4 for another 5 minutes. That’s your third time
of the day. And then maybe, you know, let them burn through that and maybe like, I don’t
know, 8 o’clock, 9 o’clock in the night, hit them for another 5 minutes, you know,
or 3 minutes. I’m just pulling these numbers out of thin air. I don’t even know the schedule.
What I’m going to do here is I’m going to check it out. But yeah, that’s kind of
like my general thing. And then in the winter, I dial it back, you know, because the sun’s
not directly on it. I might do, you know, once a day 5 minutes. Maybe twice a day. It’s
usually once a day in the winter time for me. So yeah, so all you need to do, you want to
make sure there’s a screen installed in here. Because any kind of particulate will
drop, clog up your emitters. And if your watering system is not working properly, you want to
check this every few months and make sure there’s no gunk in there. You want to remove
that and clean it out. So how easy this is just to install is you
put this on your little spigot and you screw it on. I like screwing things on more than
I like screwing things off. Alright, so screw this guy on. Make sure you have a nice tight
fit. Then crank this all the way up high. Alright. And there’s no leaks. So that’s
how easy it is to install, right! Now we’re just going to leave the spigot
on, right. Make sure you leave the spigot on. I like to usually crank it up all the
way to the full extension. I kind of like the ball valves that have levers instead of
the, you know, these gate valves. I like to crank it all the way on because usually when
it’s halfway on, if you don’t have really good gaskets in there, it might be leaking.
If it’s all the way on then it’s more likely to, you know, have a good seal I found.
Anyways. The one I have in my house is like that. And then what you’re going to do, the next
step is you’re going to want to get out your kit. Well you’ll want to program that.
We won’t show that on the video to save time. You could read the instructions. But
we got a kit here. So, the cheapest way to do this is by a kit. The kit will have many
of the parts you may need. If course, if i was doing it on my own, I might buy like separate
parts because I don’t need some of the parts in the kit. But once again, this kit was a
much better value than buying all the parts separately. And I’ll be able to use all
these parts to plant my, the garden out here. So this has all the back flow preventer, the
pressure regulator, swivel adaptor, the poly tubing, the micro tubing, compression couplings,
drippers, all the different connectors, the hole puncher, the figure-8s. So definitely
really good idea. And I do recommend, you know, I’ve experimented with a lot of different
brands, rain drips, and all these different ones. And the DIG brand is my favorite brand.
They make generally higher quality products than so many other brands out there. So, we’re
going to go ahead and open this up. So the one thing I should have told you guys
before even starting this job, and I should have done already, is I should have took this
main tubing out. Because it comes in a coil. I should have took this out and cut all these,
the tape on it. And just like furl that out and put it out straight so that it wouldn’t
be in a nice curl, because it like to kind of conform in the shape it’s been in for
the last couple months in the box. And I’d lay it out in the sun so it’s nice and straight,
so it’s easier to work with when you’re ready. I didn’t do that this time. Let’s see here. So this is the main tubing.
And then we got this smaller tubing, which I may or may not use. I don’t generally
like to use this stuff. But due to the situation and the small budget, I couldn’t get like
a hundred feet of this stuff, so we got the small stuff. And then we got all the different
pack. This may look intimidating with all these parts, but these parts are really simple.
So let’s go ahead and dig in and get this set up and going. Alright! First step, unfurl this guy. Alright,
got it all unfurled. It’s a nice big coily mess. Next step, take your pack and you’re
going to want to find a certain part in there. And this is the adaptor that adapts your standard
hose spigot to the tubing. So the next few parts you will need to do this are included
in the pack. Number one, it’s your back flow valve. So this is very important to install
in any irrigation kind of setup. It allows water coming out of the house one direction
to go into your garden. It doesn’t allow dirty garden water to go back up into the
clean water supply if that were to happen by accident. So that’s the first thing we’ll
need. That should also have a rubber gasket in there. We could go ahead and screw this
on to the bottom of the timer. Make sure it’s nice and tight but not over-tight. I know
some of you guys are like strong and you’re like ‘man I can crank that on!’ Don’t
do it, man, you’ll crack it. And if it doesn’t crack now, it will crack in the heat, trust
me, I know because I’ve done it. Like small man complex. Alright, so next step is you’re going to
want to get this guy. And this is known as a pressure regulator. So this regulates the
pressure to the proper pressure and psi, pounds per square inch, for the drip system. And
once again, this should have another gasket in there, make sure it’s installed there.
And we’re just going to go ahead and screw that guy in. Alright! Once again, do not over tighten.
Next part you will need is the part right here. Make sure this has another little gasket
or washer in there. And then also it has another screen. Very important, keep the screen in
there. The more screens, the better. Of course this screen will probably get most of the
debris but you also want to check this one as a secondary precautionary backup. So yeah,
what you’re going to do is you’re going to go ahead and take this tubing here. And
this tubing is super simple to use, man. If you stuck like a straw in a glass of soda
to drink out, not that I ever recommend drinking soda, you should be drinking fresh made juice
from your garden, you could put these two together. So all you do is you take this tubing,
you take this little thing here. Look at that, it’s about the right size. You stick it
in there and you kind of just wiggle this back and forth. And if you guys look closely
at that, it’s kind of just like going in. And it just, and then it finally goes in there
and it’s in there! That’s it, man! It’s not like you don’t have to cut anything,
you don’t have to do anything, you don’t need wrenches, pliers, you don’t need no
tools! This is a no tool install, remember. And then you’re good, right. And then you’re
just going to go ahead and screw this in! So well, once it comes out, you know, we’re
at a nice elbow bend. And let me go ahead maybe back the camera up so you guys could
see what we’re looking at. So now we’re looking at where it comes out
of the water timer, goes through the one way valve, pressure regulator, converts into the
drip tubing. And then it kind of curls and has a nice curve. We could kind of make it
over to the raised beds. But this is a little bit, you know, takes up a little bit of space
and what not. So I want it to be cleaner. So what we’re going to use instead of just
dragging this. And you can’t kink this tubing. If you kink this tubing, it’s going to cut
off the flow. So you can’t do it. So what you need to do is invest in a 99 cent fittings.
If you buy them individually, I do encourage you guys that are doing a big job buy them
by the 25 pack. Some Home Depots may sell it or go to a, you know, irrigation store.
They sell them in 25 packs. You may get the price down to 50 cents, 75 cents each. A lot
more affordable that way. So what we’re going to do is we’re going
to go ahead and cut it up near here. And maybe we’ll do a close up on this for you. We’re
going to go ahead and let it come out just a little bit. Then we’re just going to go
ahead and cut it. ‘Oh man, John, you messed it up!’ No, man, I just cut it. Then you’re
going to take this L fitting, and once again you just put it on there. And just wiggle
it a little bit. And it’s going to go in. Just like so. And then now you got another
fitting to put on. So now we’re just going to put this end on. And just wiggle it in.
Super simple, super easy. And then now we just space it over this way. So now we have
a nice elbow. That’s directed this down to the garden so we could go along the edge
of the house or the wall. So it’s a nice and neat and tidy insulation.
Let’s go ahead and move this hose down to the garden beds and show you guys what I’m
going to do there. Alright, as you guys could see, I’m furling
this cable out. Oops, tripping over stuff as I’m walking backwards. Furling this cable
out. Now it might be good to get some stakes to stick this down into the ground. The budget
didn’t allow that this time. That’s what I would do. And you guys could see now we’re
just going by raised bed number 1, and we got it by raised bed number 2 all the way
down. So now what we’re going to do is we’re
going to go ahead and take this single line and tie into it. So our first bed can get
some water. If we had a single bed, we would just use the line and have the end of the
tube go into the bed. Because we have the second bed, we’ve got to tie into that.
And this is pretty easy as well. I mean, you guys all have had an outlet that has like
one outlet free. And you want to plug two things into it, like your Christmas tree lights
and your cell phone charger. So what you get is you get one of those multiple outlet adapters.
You could plug one plug into the outlet and it gives you like 3 places to plug in more
stuff. That’s easy, right? Well, putting in one of these T adapters to go to one of
your beds is just as simple as plugging it in, right? All you got to do is you’re going
to take some scissors and you’re going to cut your main line. And we’re probably go
going to go about maybe, I don’t know, 6 inches or so into the bed and then we’re
going to go ahead and make a cut right here. And don’t worry man, if you guys cut in
the wrong place, they have connectors, you know, just couplers, to patch up what you
did wrong, you know. So you do want to pay attention when you’re cutting and try to
get your cuts at the right point. I’m going to go ahead and once again put this T fitting
in there. Once again, just presses on, no problem. And then we’re going to go ahead
and press this guy in on the other side. So as you guys could see, we got an upright
here. And that’s ready to go for when we come back to it. But now we’re going to
go ahead and go down to the next bed and show you guys how we’re going to plumb the line,
the end of the line. It’s kind of like the end of the line on the subway, up to the last
raised bed. Oh and yeah in the kit luckily there are 3 stakes. There are 3 plastic stakes.
I do not recommend buying the plastic stakes, they are pos’, doesn’t stand for point of
sale. And I recommend the metal ones if you guys are buying them. But these ones were
free in there. So we’re just going to go ahead and tack this down, you know, near where
I need it, so that it doesn’t move. Alright! So you guys could see the line over
there from the first raised bed. Then it comes down over here. And what we’re going to
do is we’re going to go ahead and take this hose and we’re probably going to go about
another 6-8 inches in to the raised bed. Probably about right here. And then we’re going to
do another cut. Alright, and double check to make sure you’re pretty good. And I planned
this out on paper, you know, on how, the layout I was going to do before, you know, I’m
doing it now. So I could buy the proper fittings. And we’ll make one cut here. And then we
got a little elbow. Now we’re going to go ahead and put that one in there. And now this
is going to go up to our second bed. And then we’re going to go ahead and use one of these
plastic stakes, and see if we could beat the stake into submission with my hand. Alright!
Pound in stake! Alright! Plant base tower. Alright, now we’re just going to go ahead
and angle that guy up. Looks nice and neat. Next step is we’re going to go ahead and
take our, our tubing. And we’re just going to go ahead and stick it in this elbow up.
Make sure there’s no kind of debris or anything in there. So if you’re working around, I’m
working on a lawn so it’s not too dusty, muddy, gravelly, whatever, dirty. If you are,
you want to do kind of protect the fittings from getting dirt in there. And you will want
to flush the system before you start, you know, putting the drippers in. I’m being
careful and we’re not really getting anything in there today. And next step is we’re just going to go
ahead and once again put this tube in there. And just wiggle it. Wiggle worm, wiggle worm!
Alright! There we go! And we have the tubing now going up. So now that we got the tubing going up to
the raised bed, what we’re going to do is we’re just going to go ahead and put an
elbow to elbow it in the raised bed. You could kind of bed it over, you know, if you want
to like save a dollar. But you couldn’t just like bend it and crease it. If you bend
it and crease it and bend it and kink it, water’s not going to flow. So that’s why
I got this, you know, bracket here, or the elbow connector. And if we want it to kind
of go right in like there, we’re going to kind of cut it right about here. And that’s
where we’re going to cut it. So we’re going to go ahead and cut it with the scissors.
Snip! I got snipped when I was less than 1 year old. It wasn’t fun. Alright! Then we’re
going to go ahead and put that on there. And get it right there like that. Looks nice.
Next step is we’re going to go into the raised bed. So once again, wiggle this stuff
in there. And normally what I like to do is make a grid
system in the raised bed with maybe like in this size raised bed I’d do like 3 rows.
Like start at one end and go all the way down and three rows connected evenly to make like,
like a letter H, but it’s like, you know, it’s filled in on the top and the bottom.
I don’t have enough tubing or the budget to buy a few extra connectors this time. So
I kind of have to like, I’m going to make like a square in the middle, you know, which
is the nest best thing. And so what we’re going to do for that, we’re going to go
ahead and run this out. And try to get my square kind of even, a couple inches in from
each side. So to do that we’re going to need another T connector. And let me go ahead
and back up the camera. Alright! So we got this tubing. We’re going
to go ahead and flop it over the top. And probably going to come in, I don’t know,
maybe about this much. And that’s where I want this guy to go this direction. So we’ll
cut it probably right about here. And, you know, you don’t have to be super anal about
this stuff. Except you got to be anal about not getting dirt in the tube. About like,
you know, where the rows are, I kind of like to have it evenly spaced out because I’m
kind of like OCD like that. But it’s not really critical, man, as long as you got water
to your plants, you’re good. Alright, so now we got this T connector in
there. And then we’re going to go ahead and put this guy on. And going to keep running
it toward the end of the wall. So that’s in. We’re going to let it run a little bit
forward and we’re probably going to maybe go to right about here. And we’re going
to snip once again. And we’re going to go ahead and put an elbow connector on there.
Alright! Then we’re going to do, so we’re going to go ahead and start on this side.
And shove this in there. And we’re going to elbow that up so that if it gets in the
dirt it’s not going to swallow dirt. We’re going to go ahead and go over, I don’t know,
probably maybe at about here. And once again, snip. And once again, get an elbow connector.
Get that in there and then we’re going to go ahead and unwind my tubing because it’s
stuck into my cable. And we’re going to try to do it the same distance as this tubing.
A little bit hard since it’s all kind of like bent. It can help to maybe use like a
stake a little bit. These stakes don’t really hold down in loose compost, loose packed compost.
My best guess, right about here. Alright! Snip! Make sure it’s clean. Put this fitting
on. Last one. Put this fitting here. Alright! And then we’re going to go ahead and, next
thing we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead and run this irrigation line to
make like a hopefully a square. Tomorrow this will look better because the sun will hit
the irrigation tubing and flatten it out and get it to conform to how it should be. If
I had a tape measure I might be measuring these to make sure I got even widths. but
I ain’t got a tape measure today. So just eyeballing it. It’s alright. Let’s see,
we’ll probably snip right about here. Alright! Last snip. Then we just got to push
this guy in. Alright. And that’s it! This would be a square if I had laid this out in
the sun, or a rectangle, sorry. And over time it should just kind of lay flat. Now I get
to do the other side. Alright, so I’m just about to finish the
irrigation on the second bed. All I have to do is connect these two guys to make my little
box here, like this. But we’re not going to connect it yet. Because even if you think
you’re careful like I was or I think i was, you want to go ahead and flush your line.
So we got the two ends kind of like headed off the bed so we don’t get the bed all
messed up. And we’re going to go ahead and simply turn on the irrigation controller real
quick. And we’re going to run back and clean out the lines. And you’ve just got to do
this for maybe, I don’t know, 15 seconds. Make sure you don’t have any dirt or debris
in there. Then we could go ahead and turn them off. Alright, now they’re turned off and now
we could connect this last fitting up. And now our irrigation system is completely installed
and ready. The other thing also, it’s a bit heavier because it’s all full of water
now. So it might sit a little bit nicer. Oh yeah, look at that. So yeah, optimally I would have liked to maybe
space this out a little bit more towards the edge and have this closer to the edge and
then have like a middle bar running down. I wasn’t sure if I was going to have the
tubing to do that. And then I would need extra fittings. I did have the tubing so I would
just need couple extra fittings. That was going to cost like 4 extra dollars and I was
already over budget. So it didn’t happen but it’s alright. We got enough parts in
the kit, so that we don’t really need to do that. But that’s what I would have rather
done myself. So I guess now that we got all this set up, next thing we’re going to do
is actually plant out the plants. And this is actually one of the easiest parts. Alright so the next thing we’re going to
do is we’re going to go ahead and get ready to plant out things. But before I do it I
want to go ahead and share with you guys the plants I got for this install today. And the
thing is, the owner here, she wants to, number one goal was to have an easy garden. A maintenance
free garden. She’s busy working and doing other stuff. And she doesn’t want to sit
here and tend to her plants. And that’s why I said, you know, get some herbs. Herbs
are the easiest thing to grow. And in most cases they’re going to require the least
amount of maintenance. So let’s go over the herbs we got for her
today. She’s also a chef. So she likes cooking and making things fresh in the kitchen. And
this is where, you know, the whole variety of herbs that I got for her so she could do
some amazing culinary creations, you know, using fresh herbs instead of dried. Because
the flavors, tastes are so much better. So here we got some garlic chives. Plant those
out for her. We got next we got some mint. And one of the cool things is when you guys
plant your garden, you guys just don’t get like peppermint, which is the standard mint.
They have like 20 different kinds of mint you could buy. At the place I got these, they
had at least a half dozen. We got actually a really cool mint. They only had a couple
left. It’s called mint berries and cream. And this has actually a unique flavor to it.
And I tasted it before buying it, berries and cream mint. Now normally I would recommend
planting mint like in it’s own container, own pot because it’s probably going to take
over. But hey if it takes over, it’s probably a good thing because I’ll have a lot of
mint and hopefully by then they’ll have new raised beds. Alright, next we got some garlic chives instead
of the onion chives here. Oh man, we got two garlic chives. I thought I had garlic chives
and onion chives. I picked up two garlic chives. Oops. Alright, next we got rosemary. And this
is variety of rosemary called spice island, a special variety. I tried to pick out some
really cool varietals. Next we have the coriander or cilantro. This is something I don’t necessarily
recommend planting this time of the year. I do recommend growing this more in the fall,
you know, fall/spring. And in some places like here you could probably get away with
growing this even in the winter time. probably not going to last too long before it bolts,
goes to flower and sets seed and then pretty much you won’t have any more. I do recommend
instead growing something known as culantro, which would do better in the heat through
the summer and/or papalo, which has a similar flavor to cilantro but is going to do amazing
in this climate. Next of course we got some curly parsley.
Next we got some basil. And one of the cool things is when you’re growing your own garden,
you could choose a lot of different varieties of basil, you know. There’s probably at
least a dozen varieties at the nursery I went to. This is actually one known as the holy
basil or tulsi. This is great for making teas and even using in cooking. And this is one
of my favorites. Next we got some, this guy right here, which is already rooting out of
the pot. And oh man, he doesn’t have a tag. But this is thyme. We got some thyme right
here. Try to get tags on everything. Next we got oregano. And this is a variety known
as hot and spicy, probably my favorite variety of oregano. Next we got sage. So this is called
the bur garden sage. And these guys could get quite big. Next we got some more basil.
You know in every different variety of plant, like if you guys go and buy apples at the
store, they don’t just got the red delicious, they got red delicious, green delicious, gala,
fuji, winesap, macintosh, they have all the different flavors. And just like basil, they
all have different flavors. And when you grow your own, you could choose like you know,
hey I’m making a thai dish tonight, I’m going to use the thai basil, you know, in
my thai recipe I’m making. Or maybe you’re, you know, cooking something like some spaghetti
sauce and then you want to get some standard italian sweet basil. Hey you could do that
if you got a garden. But if you go to the store and you just buy dried basil, they just
got dried basil, man. So yeah, this is some thai basil. One of the best ones that I like
to grow, specially in the heat they do quite well. All the basils do pretty good in the
heat. And here’s the standard basil. We got a standard sweet Italian style basil here. Oh next, another really cool one. This is
sorrel. And sorrel is a nice kind of herby/vegetable, really unique flavor. I like this because
it’s a perennial vegetable. Even in the winter this will probably continue to grow
and make leaves. i love to eat the leaves. My favorite way to use these leaves is actually
to take them out, a leaf, and then actually batter them up in like a kale chip style batter,
dehydrate them and then they’re some of the best kale chips you could make with the
red vein sorrel, also a very beautiful plant. Next we got some dill, some bouquet dill.
Now dill would not be the first choice that I would grow once again in the summer. This
is also like the cilantro and like maybe like fall/spring condition. Summer may get too
hot. For that reason I planted it against, you know, near the house with some afternoon
shade. We’re going to go ahead and plant this to the back of the bed so it gets the
most shade and maybe even behind something. Oh let’s see, next we got another basil.
And this to me look like pesto perpetual basil that’s what it has been sold to me before
as out west. But here they’re calling it basil aussie sweet. And it’s a variegated
basil, rarely goes to flower, should do really well through the whole growing season. So
I’m interested to see how this does. Next, another basil. And this is probably
one of my favorite basils. I mean, I like all the basils I got. They’re some of my
personal favorites that’s why I got them. But this is the dark opal basil. And look
at the colors on that. This is a nice purple basil. So I want to encourage you guys to
eat your foods that are colored. Don’t just get all green plants, right. Get some plants
with some purple pigments. These purple pigments have high levels of anthocyanins. And these
are very healthy for us to eat on a regular basis, you know. One of my new favorite things
now is to eat purple carrots. Alright! Now we got a traditional one. East
Indian Lemongrass. So that guy will also probably do pretty good year round as well. Next here
we got marjoram or marjoram, I don’t know however you say that. Another herb we’re
going to plant out. And then, those are all the herbs. I kind of had to like, you know,
sneak in, don’t tell anybody, two vegetables to grow. You know, I had to get a tomato plant,
man. If you got a garden, man, you got to have a tomato plant. So we got a super sweet
100 tomato plant. We’re probably going to plant this at the front of the bed. That’s
going to get the most sun. And maybe try to find something to stake it up or something
because it’s probably going to get huge. And this will produce abundant amounts of
cherry tomatoes, that are going to blow away the taste from the ones form the store. And then let’s see, last plant we got today,
had to get this one, it’s probably one of my favorite leafy greens to grow in the hot
climate, whether that’s a hot desert climate or a hot humid tropical climate like we’re
in. And this is known as the Malabar spinach. This should also be grown up a trellis, you
know, up a stake, probably a big trellis actually. Just this one little plant now could probably
fill like probably all the wall area you guys see behind me, if it had a nice trellis or
some like hog panel fencing or utility panel fencing to grow up on. I mean, this thing
will take over. Looks small now and it grows, you know, slowly at first but once it gets
pretty big, man, then it like couple leaves a day. Well it seems like it anyways. And
this will provide copious amounts of leafy greens to eat, one of my favorites. And the last thing I got when I got my flat
of plants, you’re thinking, ‘John, there’s nothing in there’. Yeah man, look at that
all in there! I got some free soil! So I’m going to go ahead and tap that out. No soil
wasted when I’m building a garden. Alright, next step is to we’re going to
go ahead and take, since we got about 20 plants, we’re going to go ahead and put 10 on this
side, 10 on this side. And I’ll come back and show you guys the layout when I got it. So now I want to share with you guys the layout
that I decided to do in each of these raised beds. So as I said, we had 20 plants. So I
kind of put 10 plants in one and 10 plants in the other. And I didn’t just haphazardly
like set them down and all this kind of stuff. I kind of thought about it. And specially
if you’re a new gardner you many not know exactly all the things I know about gardening,
because I’ve been doing it for a number of years and kind of know how big a plant
gets and how, how many seasons it’s going to last and all this kind of stuff. So, you
know, try to just get 2 categories, you know, like I’ve done here. One category is perennials,
or whether that’s a perennial herb or perennial vegetable that will grow year round in your
climate. In certain climates like up in Alaska, right, some things ain’t going to grow year
round in the snow for half the year, right. So I know about climates where it’s more,
you know, not as like cold on some of the years and there’s no snow on the ground.
And that’s where I come from. So I know which ones are going to do well. And that’s
why I got this bed here. This is the perennial bed. And I got some of the perennial crops
that will pretty much grow year after year based on my experience and based on what the
experts say. So in this bed we got things like the oregano,
the marjoram, the sage, the lemon grass, we got the red veined sorrel, we got the mint
here in the center which I’m kind of having reservations about because this thing may
take over the whole bed. But you could always trim it back, it could be kind of a pain.
But if you stay up on it should, it could be alright. But we’ll see. And yeah, so
I got yeah all the different herbs here on the time. I think that’s all on this side.
So these guys should grow year after year and yeah I mean I got 10 plants in here in
this bed, you know. I could definitely fit more. I would like to have like 3 main rows.
I could easily fit like probably like minimum 15 plants in here if I space them a little
bit tighter. You could probably even do 20. And here’s the thing. Like when the plants
are small you could pack a lot in there. But the problem is once they get really big and
start crowding out the other one, you know, the strongest will survive. And that’s cool.
I probably wouldn’t put any more than like 20 plants in this bed. That would be like
pushing it. But as I said, I only had a budget for 10. I would probably maybe fit in, I could
fit in another 5, you know, fairly easily. Like things I didn’t get. But that’s pretty
cool. So yeah, these are the ones that should grow year round, based on my experience. And over on this side we have the annual beds.
So if you guys are starting a garden, going to be growing like cucumbers and tomatoes
and peppers, you know, in the continental US or most places in the continental United
States, those are going to be grown as annuals for you. And so on this side we got the basils,
which are basically going to grow till the frost, you know. I got a lot of the basils
on this side. We got a tomato on the end, you know, that I’m probably going to, you
know, bury deep. And then also we got in the back, you know, as I said some of these plants
don’t like the sun or to get too hot like the cilantro and the dill here. So we got
these in the back behind some maybe big plants, which may protect them a little bit. And then
I got the malabar spinach in the back. So, you know, when the dill and the cilantro probably
will go the way of the west, the malabar spinach will here be into vine and hopefully it will
end up getting a trellis or something to grow up. But yeah, oh and I got the parsley over
on this side. And, and at my place the parsley sometimes is an annual, you know, lasts a
long time, a long growing season even in to the winter. And yeah, it’s just almost a
perennial. So I was debating putting it on this side, but hey I needed something to even
them out. And this is what we came up with. And the plant spacing I chose, you know, I
try to have like equal distance spacing between each one. So they have like enough space to
spread their roots and grow out. But as I said we could have fit more in there if we
had more plants. But I’m pretty much overall happy. I mean, I like to try to pack more
plants in because then you have more genetic diversity, you know. If the owner wanted to
come in later and like re-plant a few more things, you know, I’d probably buy another
maybe 6 plants. Fit 3 over here, 3 over here in some of the spaces where there’s, you
know, nothing. And you could easily do that. I guess the next step is we’re going to
go ahead and get to plant these guys out. And then the final step after that is install
the drip emitters right at the plants so the water goes where it needs to go, so we don’t
waste the precious resource of water. So now I’m going to go ahead and show you
guys how I plant just 2 of the plants. Pretty much I’m just like doing one plant. And
I’m going to do this same process for all the plants except for one that I’ll show
you guys next. Just planting the plants out, this is super simple, super easy. It doesn’t
take rocket science. But you do need some gloves. Well, just kidding. I like to wear
some gloves because I don’t like getting the dirt all underneath the fingernails. It
can get really hard to clean. So we’re preparing for operation here. Now if you don’t want
to wear gloves and you hate getting the dirt underneath your fingernails, take a bar of
soap and scratch the bar of soap and get it underneath your fingernails before you garden.
So then when you’re done gardening, you won’t have dirt underneath your fingernails,
you’ll have the soap that will easily wash out. Alright! Yeah so to plant this guy, we’re
going to plant the parsley first. I’ll take the tag out, kind of stick it where it’s
going. And then what we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead and move the parsley
from where it is, which is right here. We’re going to dig a hole. And once again, we don’t
got no tools, we don’t got no trellis, we don’t got nothing like that. We’re just
going to go ahead and dig a nice hole. We try to like make the hole the same size as
the pot. And so that will go in there. Now the thing to remember when you’re planting,
you want to get the soil depth that you plant at the same same depth of this. You don’t
want to like put the plant down like too deep and then bury it, right. It’s going to be
buried alive. We wouldn’t like to be buried alive, neither do the plants. So bury it at
the same level, you know, as the current soil level. Very important. There are a few exceptions
to this rule. I dug the hole a little bit deep because what we’re going to do next
is we’re going to go ahead and take some of the worm castings, some of the most valuable
nutrients that I have today, and we’re probably going to take like a nice handful of the straight
up worm castings, drop it right in there, and we’re going to mix it up with a little
bit of the soil. So the plants have nice mixture. Now if I had a little bit more budget, what
I would also get is the Dr Earth’s Fruit and Vegetable Fertilizer or the vegetable
fertilizer. They have that available at Home Depot. And just take a pinch, put it into
each hole as well as the rock dust. Either the one I used earlier that I didn’t like
so much or more importantly the azomite. These are two critical things I like to do in the
planting hole. Another thing, if you want to kind of go to the next level is get some
mycorrhiza. The Brite Ideas Hydro store here in the area had some mycorrhiza. I like the
Plant Success brand. The mycorrhizae is what I personally use. And you would put that,
you know, just on the root zone not in the hole. So next we’re going to go ahead and take
these plants out. And I like to just kind of squeeze it very gently and push down. And
it’s just going to come out. And you guys are going to see like all the roots on there.
Now like if the roots are like really wound up and you just see root balls and a root
mass , that’s not a good thing. Sometimes when I select plants, I actually want to pull
them out and make sure the roots are not super impacted, and then choose a plant that the
roots aren’t super impacted. Because if the roots are growing in circles, it’s like
your husband that’s trying to find, you know, your place to go for a Christmas party
and they’re going in circles and they can’t find the place and they’re not looking at
a map because they’re a guy, right. Yeah, you need to kind of break up the monotony,
break up from their pattern. Get out that GPS and say hey look maybe we should go this
way. But the roots here are kind of like been entwined, so they’re kind of growing in
circles and they’re really not going to grow out unless you kind of help it like you
give your husband the GPS. So I just like to try to take my finger very carefully and
just kind of like tease it out, like you’re teasing out your hair if you were like were
in the 80s and stuff. We’re just kind of teasing this out. And breaking them up, you
know. If it’s teasing out a little bit, if it ain’t breaking up a little bit then
I’ll just like, you know, try to just, you know, rough them up a little bit and try to
get some of these roots hairs like directed out. Because otherwise this thing is just
going to continue to grow in its own mass and not like, you know, reach into the good,
good soil. So that’s probably pretty good. Just like that. And then once we got that
that, that’s when I’d sprinkle on the mycorrhiza, which actually we don’t have
today, and then I’d plant it out. That planting hole looks a little bit too
deep. So then I’d just kind of put in a little bit of the soil. I’ll like take a
little bit of the worm castings too, crush it in there, mix it up with some more soil,
and it right about the soil level. Then we’re just going to go ahead and take maybe another
handful of worm castings. I like to mix them with the soil I just dug out. And then we’ll
just sprinkle this around to fill in the hole. I mean, gardening is really easy. This is
like way easier than like operating on brains. Unless you’re a brain surgeon and you never
gardened before. Alright! Got that guy all planted out. Looks
pretty nice, pretty easy. i do encourage you guys to save your pots and re-use them. And
if you’re not going to re-use them, take them back to the nursery you got them from
and then they will re-use them. You know, the pots are a valuable resource and I hate
to see these guys go to the landfill. Needless to say, I have a probably a collection of
pots that I need to cull through and give some back to the nursery. Because I got a
lot. Alright! Next let’s go ahead and go over
to the other plant that I want to show you guys how to plant, that’s going to be different
than most of the plants. 99% of the plants that I’m planting today are just going to
go in like this. Super simple. Except the tomato. So let me show you guys what I’m
going to do with the tomato next. Alright! So now I’m ready to plant out the
tomato. And this is the exception to the rule. I’ve also done this with peppers but it’s
not as successful with peppers as it is with tomatoes. And what I’m going to do is actually
we’re going to plant the tomato deeper than the soil level. I normally do not recommend
this except on things like tomatoes. You could get away with it on peppers. I don’t know
what other ones I have done like that. Maybe like tomatillos. But otherwise I don’t normally
do this. Because most plants don’t like their roots buried. When you do bury your
roots, specially on things like lettuce and cucumbers, if you bury them too deep they
may rot on you, which is not fun. So once again, we’re going to take out the little
tag there, put it right there. And what we’re going to do first on this
tomato, because this is actually long and lanky, you know, I was kind of like that in
high school, we’re going to go ahead and clip these guys off. So we’re going to go
ahead and these bottom set of leaves we’re just going to go ahead and pluck them off.
You could use the scissors. I just have my finger nails, my finger tips. We’re going
to go ahead and pluck these guys off here. Go ahead and pluck this guy off. And I think
we’re even going to go up so far to pluck this guy off. And what we’re going to do
is actually we’re going to bury this guy, probably clear up to here. And maybe even
I’ll go up to here. Because what’s going to happen is this, this stem here and these
little hairs coming out, all these will turn into roots. And the roots will actually absorb
more nutrients so that even though you’re burying this like halfway now, this will be
a much more vibrant and stronger plant in the future. And so yeah, that’s why I am
going to do this on tomatoes. So next we got to get digging. I feel like a dog. Good thing
my dog doesn’t dig in my garden. Alright, now that I got a nice, deep hole,
look at that hole, really deep, we’re going to go ahead and take a nice handful of our
worm castings, mix it back in there. Then go ahead and take our tomato, squeeze it,
dump it outside down, pop the bottom out. Now these roots look pretty good. They’re
not super impacted like as bad as the parsley. We’re going to just kind of try to like
pull these guys out a little bit. Knock them down. Tease them out on the sides a little
bit. They look pretty good already. And then we’re going to go ahead and drop it in the
hole. Maybe we’ll dig the hole a little bit deeper. And I think I will knock off this
branch right here. And very important you know, one of the things I like to do is like
kind of like orient the plant, which I could do with plants but not people, to where I
want it to go. So I probably want to try to have them come up right here like this. And
then we’re just going to go ahead and back fill now. At the same time I’m back filling,
I’m also putting in my soil mixture. Today I’m just using the worm castings, but I
said I would use the Dr Earth’s veggie mix as well as some other stuff. So putting a
few handfuls in, mixing it up with all the soil as we bury this stem alive. ‘Aaahhh
don’t bury me Mr John!’ Alright! So there we go. Got this guy. Now
we don’t want to like pack down the soil like super hard. Oh would check this out,
we found a produce sticker in the compost. And it’s actually Villita brand. Avocados
from Mexico, 4046 is the code number. Shame on you Villita brand avocados for having non
bio degradable labels. They suck. I have a lot in my compost that I need to pick out.
It’s easy enough to have bio degradable paper labels on your produce. That’s the,
that’s a shame on one hand. On the other hand, I’m glad that actually avocados and
peels are in one of the composts that I’m using to grow this stuff. Alright! So, you know, we’re just packing
this in. And we’re not like tapping it down super hard, you know. The thing to remember
is that the plants grow the roots, not into the soil but the space between the soil. And
that’s why it’s good to have a kind of nice fluffy mixture, specially in a raised
bed that you’re putting in like I did today. So, yeah, we’re going to go ahead and see
if we could get this guy going straight up, and level him all out. Get the soil all leveled
out. Looks good, planting that tomato. Now I’m going to go ahead and plant out the
rest of the herbs just like I did the parsley, and will be back at you when I’m done. Alright, so I’m just about done planting
everything out. You guys could see I got 10 plants over on this side, got a whole bunch
of empty pots now. And then over on this side, got 9 plants in, 1 plant left. And I got just
a little bit of worm castings left. Well I’m going to go ahead and plant this last one
out. Maybe I’ll talk to you guys about some of the things that I’ve learned doing this. Always when I’m gardening, you know, sometimes
I’ll put the radio on, sometimes maybe play like, you know, audio books from audibles.com,
to educate my brain. Today I was just kind of like gardening in zen mode, right. And
that’s good! We really need to get back to nature, have a connection with nature. One of the things I was thinking about is
that, you know, gardening is a lot about repetition. That’s why I didn’t show you planting
20 plants. That would have been pretty boring, I’m sure. This video is already long enough,
and already some of you guys are complaining it’s long and boring. I just do videos because
I want to teach you guys, you know, I don’t want to have a 3 or 4 minute video. You can’t
teach somebody in 3 or 4 minutes like how to put in a full garden from front to end.
All those little minutiae details, so that you guys aren’t scared to do this yourself.
So that you guys can do it yourself. Last one I’m planting is my red veined sorrel.
This is one of my favorite plants actually. I like it a lot, I have been starting to grow
it maybe, I don’t know, 6 years ago, 4 or 5 years ago, I don’t know, a long time ago.
And it consistently does well in many climates. Let’s see here, drop it right in there,
mix that guy up. Drop it right in. Oh, one of the things I like to do is I like to handle
the plants by the base stem instead of the leaves, they may break and that’s pretty
strong. And also we got the roots teased out. Make sure we’re at the right level and let’s
see we’ve got a little bit of worm castings left, so this guy is a lucky donor. Like flip
the bag, get all those worm castings out and mix this up in the soil and carefully spread
it all around and back fill. Tap this guy down a little bit. Make sure all our soil
is level. Yeah gardening is about repetition, you know.
And once you plant one plant, you could plant them all. And it’s not hard to do this.
It just takes a little bit of time. And the more you, the longer you go the better you
get! The faster you get also, you know. I mean, this is a plant out with like 20 plants.
This is nothing man, I’ll plant beds with like a hundred plants. Now that could take
some time. But, yeah as you go you’ll learn little techniques. And I always want to encourage
you guys to think about like when you’re planting, how could I do this more efficiently,
how could I save time? I mean the easiest way I just scoop out the dirt, take a scoop
of this, mix it up a little bit, put it in, done, boom, you know. One of the favorite
things I like to do is use a bulb planter. I’ll put a bulb planter, boom, take a scoop
out, boom, it’s done, I have a whole almost a perfect size to put the plant start in,
you know, shake all my stuff on the roots and put a, you know, dropper of some of the
my mixture in, my rich mix, for the nutrients. And we’re done. And here it is. My finished
raised bed all planted out. But we’re not done yet. Did you think this video is over?
uh-uh-uh. I got to show you the most important thing! Now that we’re planted out, go ahead and
take off my gloves here, we got the most important thing, and we got to put in the irrigation.
We got the main irrigation tubing run but I didn’t want to put in the drip emitters
that will basically give each plant the water until I knew where the plants were. So in
that little kit here, you got a few things. And I guess we’ll go ahead and do a close
up on you guys to show you guys how to put these in. So now that we got all the main irrigation
line and the plants all planted, all we need to do is use this little tool. It’s a hole
puncher. This punches the proper size hole in the irrigation tubing so you can put in
a drip emitter here. And the tip on the drip emitters is that a certain color emitters
means a certain flow rate. And that’s kind of an advanced topic for a beginner. But basically
they gave me a couple different ones, and so I’ll probably I’m going to put like
the low flow rate dripper on plants that are more like desert dry plants and they don’t
like to get too wet. And then maybe like a dripper with a higher flow rate on something
like tomatoes that can actually get quite thirsty in the summer time. Anyways. So use this tool. All you’re going
to do is go, you know, near the plant, and I always like to have my dripper, specially
for new plantings, within a couple you know 2 inches, 3 inches max, from the plant. And
then also you should run the dripper for a nice amount of time so it actually gets a
nice, you know, spread of the water. So we’re just going to go ahead and take the tool here
and pop it in. And I like to kind of like rotate as I’m turning. If you’re doing
this on a hot day, it’s a little bit harder because the tubing is soft and it doesn’t
like pop in easily. And it’s better to do it when it’s like a little bit cold out,
like maybe in the evening. And once you do it, you could go ahead and snap this guy in.
You guys hear that snap. Make sure every one that you do snaps right in because if you
don’t hear it snap in, it may not make a good seal and that means when you turn your
system on it may fly out and then you’re going to have a leak. And it’s going to
be a pressure leak. So then maybe some of the other drippers may not operate properly.
I’m going to go ahead and do the rest and maybe I want to do a close-up on one of the
ones that are in the center. Because, you know, if you put a dripper here or here, it’s
pretty far away. So I’m going to show you what I do for that instead. So now I’m going to show you guys what to
do if you have like a plant in the middle, not near a main drip line. Now the thing I
would like to do, you know, I would prefer to have like another main drip line go like
right across the center here line. So then I could easily put a dripper in the main line
and feed it to the plant. This is a lot more maintenance free, and in my opinion looks
cleaner than what I’ll be doing next. And I’m only doing this because we’re short
on the budget. Alright. So mainly what you’re going to do is you’re
going to go over to where the plant is that you want to water. And you’re going to basically
make sure that the line is clean and has like the most closest and direct path, which is
about right here. So we’re going to go ahead and once again we’re going to rotate and
turn this as we’re pushing in. You could hear it kind of like make a little pop. It’s
going to pop out a little plug. Then what we’re going to do is we’re going to go
ahead and put this little coupler thing in. And this just sticks right in there. Once
again, make sure you hear that snap. Then we’re going to take this smaller drip tubing
stuff and stick that in there. Make sure it’s, you know, all the way in there because this
stuff has been known to fall off, which also means, which may mean a leak. That’s another
reason why I don’t like to do it. And I’m going to wiggle this on until it’s pretty
far down on the fitting. Alright, I think that’s not going to come off. Then what we’re going to do is we’re going
to go ahead and take some scissors and say it’s going to come out to like right here.
And we’re going to go pretty close to the plant and just snip. Ouch! And once you snip
that off, then we’re going to go ahead and take a dripper and then put the dripper on
the end here. And wiggle that on till it’s tight. Very important last step, specially
important if you have a longer run. You’re going to go ahead and take a little stake
and stake this down, put it right on the drip tube. And stake this down to where you want
the water to go. That way it stays in place and your plant gets all the water even if
it’s not right on the main drip line. You know this gets kind of messy and is a little
bit more difficult when you’re replanting the following season. Because then you’re
going to have all these things sticking out. What I prefer to do is just have the main
lines and then I pull this whole thing off. And then I’ll re-plant my bed for the new
season. And then lay it back down. As long as I have my lines and the rows marked.
Alright! I guess the next thing I got to put in about 18 drippers. I’ll come back at
you when I’m done. So as you guys could see, I pretty much got
both beds planted out and I got all the drippers in. I know some of you guys are thinking,
‘John, what if I make a hole in the wrong place, what happens?’ It’s alright man,
even if you mess up man, you could always fix it. You could always fix your mistakes
until you’re six feet under, then you can’t fix them no more. So fix them now! But yeah,
if you put a hole in the wrong place, they got these goof plugs that has a small side
and a big side. Pop it in. That will plug your leak! Wish you could do that with your
plumbing in your house, wish it was that easy. And the other thing you could do is if you
put a hole in the wrong place and you don’t have a plug like this, because they cost extra,
this kit came with two of them, just put a dripper there, man. Water the soil, the microbes
will appreciate it. Now I got a drippers on all the ones and I
made sure I went around to every plant to make sure okay you got a dripper in this one,
dripper in this one, dripper in. Make sure you got a dripper in every plant so that they
will get water. The last thing I’m going to do is let’s
go ahead and turn this system on. And make sure that all the dripper are functioning
and water is coming out of each and every one of them. The other thing you’re going
to want to do is, you know, take out a stopwatch or a timer and see how long it takes so that
the water percolates down and basically wets out the root zone. This is very important
because this will tell you how long to run your water timer; not me telling you hey run
your water timer for 5 minutes because it’s always 5 minutes no matter where you live
in the whole world, no matter on your soil, no matter on how hot it is. At least if you
know if you’re running it for 5 minutes it gets the nice root ball wet, you’re in
pretty good shape. And then, you know, of course depending on how hot it is, it’s
going to dry out that root ball, then you’re going to have to run another cycle for the
same amount of time. So that’s what I’m going to go ahead and do next. Alright! So I just engaged the system and
you will hear all these air bubbles sounds and as the air clears out of the system. And
then you should see water dribbling out each and every one of the dripper and you’re
going to want to go around and make sure each and every dripper is dribbling water and is
getting to where it needs to be. Sometimes on rare occasion you do have a defective dripper.
It looks like all the ones on this bed is working. Let’s go over on this side. This
guy is doing pretty good. I put drippers that actually give a higher level of water on my
malabar spinach and the tomatoes, actually shooting up pretty good over there. But every
other drippers appears to be working. We’re just going to go ahead and let this
run a few minutes and then see how long we need to water until we get to a good saturation
level. And if you don’t know what that is, go out and buy yourself a moisture meter that
will test the soil moisture for you guys. So after poking around in the soil just a
little bit, I kind of figured that about after 3 minutes, because the cycle time went on
for about 5 minutes total, and I counted down, and right when I was at like 2 minutes, that
means it ran for 3 minutes. You know, we had really good soil, you know, moisture level,
you know. And I kind of dug out next to the plant. It might be a good idea to put like
a phantom dripper in to, you know, that’s not near a plant so you don’t have to dig
up a plant to see how the water is capillating out. I was very careful and dug around the
plant to kind of check it out. I figured 3 minutes. So with that, we’re just going
to go ahead and hit the Mode button once. And it basically flashes how many hours. We’re
not going to do that, so we’re going to press the arrow button, go over the minutes.
We’re just going to go ahead and set it to 3 minute cycles. And then we’re going
to go ahead and hit the Mode button. That’s going to take us to how many days you want
to water. I’m going to go ahead and water every day at this point. Because every day,
unless it’s raining, it’s going to get hot and sunny, the water is going to evaporate
off and it’s going to need water. And then it says what time do you want to start your
cycle? So I generally, you know, as I said earlier, I want to have a cycle in the morning,
so maybe we’ll have a cycle starting at, maybe, why don’t we do like 9 am. Then we’ll
go to cycle number 2, and I think for now we’re going to go ahead and turn it off,
you know. Some plants don’t like too much water, including some of the herbs. You could
literally rot out their roots. And actually I noticed on one of the plants, it had some
root rot where it was getting too much water at the nursery. And then let’s see, click
the Mode again. We’re going to go to cycle 3. We’re going to go ahead and turn that
off too. And 4 is off as well. You click the Mode button again, it goes back to the time
and currently it’s 8 o’clock. And then we’re going to go ahead and close this so
the rain don’t get in there. And that’s pretty much it. I mean, we set our timer.
You guys learned how to do that. We set up the raised beds. This is the whole process
okay. So basically what happened is it took me 2
days. First day went I was shopping. The second day pretty much installed the raised bed.
I could have finished the end of the second day. I don’t know, maybe like 4 hours. And
if you mix soil and you got some tools it would probably take you less time. But this
is a fun project, man! It’s not about how long it took you guys.
Let me go ahead and give you guys an overview shot of the garden and share with you guys
a few things I’ve learned along the way. So as you guys could see, this is the end
of the job and the end of the video. As you guys just saw, I don’t know, how long it
ever took me to make the video. It’s probably like an hour video after editing. You guys
saw the, the program, the deals from start to finish, where I got the raised beds on
Craigslist pre-built, you know. Where I got the soil at the Home Depot, Brite Ideas Hydroponics
and some at Lowe’s. You learned about the best soil and what to look for and how to
save money buying bulk if you can. Soil test before you buy things in bulk to make sure
you guys are getting a good mixture. And yeah, we were right in around $300. And I’m, you
know, I’m not going to say gardening is cheap. You could surely just dig up your backyard
where the grass, double dig it maybe buy a couple bags of compost and start planting
out, and do it that way. But I, the method I prefer is raised beds. It keeps things nice
and simple, neat and tidy. And this is a nice little way for the home owner here to start
gardening with minimal work. Because I did plant all plants that have low maintenance. Now the one thing she will need to do is maybe
come out and see if she needs to do a second watering cycle. I’m only watering once a
day. Come in out at the evening, see if the plants are dropping their leave, see if the
soil around the plant is really dry and if it is, run it a second cycle. At this point,
at this point in time in this season, I think once a day is probably good. But, you know,
I won’t be here to double check and see. Otherwise everything’s going to pretty much
grow on it’s own. Most things are going to be pest resistant, you know, that’s why
all the herbs have their aromatics and essential oils to resist the pests so that they could
do it naturally without any human intervention. They are going to soon have, you know, plenty
of fresh herbs and even some veggies to eat in their cuisine. And this is the first foray
into, you know, getting herbs in. Then maybe next get some fruit trees in. And then convert
the rest of this back yard to a whole back yard edible garden. And I’m glad that I
was able to play a part in getting them started easily. And now you guys also could know how to do
it, because I took you guys step by step. I haven’t done one of these step by step
videos in a long time, so it’s kind of cool to have the opportunity to install a garden
step by step, and even get back into the garden, you know, when I’m visiting my girlfriend.
Since I’m, you know, out of my garden I’m like a fish out of water. But I’m a fish
back in water. So a few other things I’d like to add is,
let’s see if it was me I’d probably add a few more plants in, get a few more drip
emitters, maybe like no more than 5 plants max for each side, maybe some, where there’s
some big spaces. And run some more drippers to it. That would be really cool. Other than
that, I think this is pretty much a good setup and I, you know, I did want to comment on
the price. I mean, I know for a lot of people $300, that’s a lot of money. But here’s
the thing, you guys buy a house it’s a lot of money. But you have to make the investment
in your house once. And once you got it paid off, pretty much you’re free and clear.
And just like this, everything you guys see, 98% of all the money that was spent, I don’t
know, maybe 95 or 90%, whatever, I’m not good at math, is infrastructure. The raised
beds aren’t going to go anywhere. They’re going to last 3 years. The soil, that’s
never going to go away. That’s going to last indefinitely, right. The irrigation system,
I mean, my irrigation system has lasted, I don’t know, 8+ years already. Not going
to happen. So the only investment you guys will make for next season is actually buying
some new plants if they’re not perennials. And this whole side is perennials, this whole
side you’re probably going to have to replace. Or buy some seeds and plant some new seeds.
So much like you got the house there, it’s a one time investment, the garden is a one
time investment and in my opinion it’s one of the best investments you guys could make.
And if you guys aren’t ready to put in a garden just yet, after watching this video
showing you guys how easy it is so that you guys could do it, start making your own compost
at home, you know. Start composting your food scraps, your food waste that you don’t have
to buy as much soil, you know, when you do put in your garden, you know. You could compost
your food waste, get some wood chips, get a delivery from the tree trimmers that are
chipping up wood chips, you know. Even if you don’t know how to compost, just start
laying wood chips on your property if you got a lot of property. Lay it down as ground
cover. And in a couple of or over 3 years it will rot down into some really nice rich
black soil, better than all the crap that I bought, right. You guys could do it better.
Make your own compost. Start now and even if you got a garden installed that’s a new
garden, put in a compost system as well so that next season you’re not having to, you
know, top off your beds with store bought compost. You will have your own compost that
you guys made at home. Let’s see, final thought before the sun
goes down, and I got to go inside to eat dinner, I think I just want to really teach you guys
how to do it yourself. I don’t want people saying, ‘Hey John, come up to my house and
put one in’. I just made this video to show you guys how to do it yourself! It’s really
that easy! You guys don’t need me, right. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime;
feed a man a fish, feed him for a day, right. I want to teach you guys how to fish. It is
really that easy. You can’t mess up because you will always learn as you grow, right.
And check, and you know, if you guys liked this format, liked this video, I haven’t
done one of these in a long time where I plant something out from scratch and start something
new. Really fun for me because all my stuff is already existing. Please like it and I’ll
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have all these little tidbits of knowledge that you guys learn along the way. And also
be sure to check my past episodes. I have over 1100 episodes now to teach you guys all
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continue to watch me. And enjoy my videos but more importantly, it’s most importantly,
that I’m actually making a difference in this world and being the change that I want
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100 Replies to “How to Install a Automatic Drip Irrigation System in a Raised Bed Garden”

  1. We NEED you John!
    I like working with the 1/4" tubing and prefer the shut off valves instead of the drippers since I can regulate more precisely how much water I put on my plants.  It's cheaper, easier to work with and comes with all kinds of cool fittings, aka plugs, tees, and straight in line joiners.  I have had problems with the water drippers in my yard around my trees getting overtaken by moss… chokes it right out!

  2. John, you are a great teacher. I appreciate the time you take in making the videos, leaving nothing to my imagination, especially for a newbie. 4-5 minute videos are not always applicable. These videos are awesome.

  3. Aww John! 1:09:28 '…long and boring'. 🙁 That's what the forward feature is for! I'm hoping I'll ALWAYS be learning so, teach me man and focus on all your INTERESTED viewers.

  4. So much to process. I just planted my second herb garden, the first died horribly lol hopefully this one does better

  5. What are your thoughts on rain barrels or catchment systems for irrigation? I know they are illegal is some states.

  6. for that plastic crap timer you should pick up a short garden hose like 4 or 5 feet to put between the tap an the timer, as all it takes it to get some one tripping over your feed line and brake the plastic crap right off the tap now you have to spend another 50 buck for  new timer 5 times a summer sd something hits it or pulls on it

  7. I hope your not a hired gardener,,, we cut the sawed open 6 to 8" deep and berry the lines in the lawn and drill hole in side of planter and lay out the main lines in the bed and berry them in the bed after we install the 1/4" drip line coming out of ground to the plant/s that was weed eaters don't rip the lines up as it will, and it don't look like a mess like yours,,shooty work man

  8. Your step by step installation of the DIG system from the beginning (yes, including the backflow preventer section, etc…) gave me clear understanding of what parts comes in the kit and make my shopping list for the drip irrigation system. (I've always just done container gardening and put it in the range of the sprinkler system).
    Thanks so much!

  9. Thank you so much for this video. I learned so much. You are funny, knowledgeable, compassionate and so lots of respect for you, John.

  10. dude, please add the spelling to things when you mention them i n the vid. The different varities of celantro you say too quick and the spelling of them is hard to cipher. And if we don't know to spell the plant, how can order seeds….

  11. John, do you still have the phone number to the seller of the raised beds you installed for your girlfriend roomie. I looked on craigslist and couldn't  find it. I live in converse tx can go pick them up. Thanks for all the info, keep sharing

  12. John , you are going to plant slower growing long lived fruit trees in a rented yard? It may be great for future renters but what if your girlfriend is not liveing there after two or three years?
    She would not have the benefit of those fruit trees.

  13. GREAT!!!! In enjoyed your video very much! You are a good educator. I like the fact that you are totally convinced of what you are teaching and that is refreshing because you become believable!! I live in Central America, Nicaragua. Maybe on some other video you could recommend what is proper to grow for my climate. Also, maybe you can talk about what are the advantages of getting into a greenhouse vrs simple outdoor vegetable growing in the Tropics. If yau can find the time to send an email, mine is [email protected]

  14. 24:14 when it's obviously not a square, please say rectangle. Apart from that, thanks for the rest of the video. K, bye …Vrrooooooommm…………………

  15. great vid man…so much information…and so detailed….you give a lot …thank you so very much…im a changed man..spending and enjoying so much time in my garden.

  16. talking about "teach a man to fish" might as well throw some mulch on there and some worms inside to keep the soil in top shape over the years, give back what you take out

  17. Check out www.irrigationcleaning.com for info on the safest, most effective and environmentally sound treatment to keep your drip irrigation system running clean.

  18. Thanks. Learned how to do a drip irrigation on my raised boxes for tomatoes. Keep the videos coming.

  19. I have a question. My raised beds are about 200 feet away from my spigot would you use regular hose to go from the spigot to there or would you use the black tubing for that as well?

  20. I've watched, enjoyed and learned a lot from your videos. But, just have to say, you make me think of Gilbert Gottfried.

  21. You are very good! Good humor! You showed me what I need to do for my raised veggie beds! Thank you much! Love Audio books also…

  22. Good to know the product is from Israel so your viewers don’t buy it. That’s an apartheid state, don’t support that stuff. But great videos like always.

  23. What a sweetheart! Love his mannerism, easy to listen to, extremely informative, I have been gardening most of my life and still learned a lot from John. I have purchased the irrigation supplies and am finally going to install one. So looking forward to the maintenance free watering of my beautiful garden. You hooked me good John. Will enjoy more videos. Danielle

  24. Sorry to hear you get such nasty comments. There are many trolls for even the best kind-hearted people! I mean this is free golden knowledge! Low-level judgmental people.

    Anyways, I would love to see an update on these herb beds! Any new info on how they turned out in the long run?

  25. Gardening can be done cheap. The irrigation is the most costly part, but, you dont have to do that. Ive been using a watering can. You can buy bags of premixed ready to plant soil for $20 and just open up thebag a nd plant directly in the bag. Buy plastic pots for a couple of dollars each.

  26. what about running a hose from the spigot to where my raised bed is (about 15'-20' away)? And then starting the drip tubing right at the garden bed.

  27. there's a guy on you tube that tells us plants must be watered with a mist. Reason: because the mist captures oxygen and takes it down to the plant roots.??? what do you think?

  28. John, love watching your videos! A bit long-winded, though for my taste. Concise videos would keep me coming back more often. Also, your 'over-budget' comment doesn't make sense. How over-budget will you be when lots of plants die from lack of proper irrigation tubing in place- and you have to replace them? Keep up the great content!! Cheers.

  29. Drip irrigations system sound good but it take so long to fitted in change batteries and after some time they get clog with dirt every time you put new plants in need to take the whole thing out  and fitted back again. No more for me I just put plenty of mulch and water only once a week  Or I put bottles drippers a coca cola bottle two holes in the lead and put in the garden one bottle can cover five plants about

  30. I do irrigation as a profession. Some tips from some ppl interested. 1. RainBird (company name) is the best drip system you can get. The drip lines clean themselves from possible debris. And are super flexible. 2. Don’t use plastic stakes. They are trash. Get metal sod staples. Hold a lot better. 3. keep your drip system on longer than normal. Drip systems typically run .6 gph (gallons per hour) we typically let the run from 15/30 mins. 4. If you are going to use a grid in your garden always use 90° couplings and T’s.

  31. thank you. this is the only video I've found that shows exactly what i'm looking for. I've lots of flat landscape videos or videos with pvc pipe (which i'm not ready for this season).. this is super helpful. thank you so much! love your personality too!

  32. I have made an 8X8 raised garden with deer fence. The box is 28” high and have put popular wood in bottom then fill with 2.5 yards of compost. I’ve decided to use 12” grid. My question is should I add some warms to this garden as it will be a few years for the wood to break down?

  33. I have watched all sorts of watering systems for raised beds. You are the only one that in my opinion got it right. I have used drip irrigation pipes that come with a built drip in the pipe. The ‘drippers’ look like slits on the pipe compared to the old system that used nozzles on the pipe.

    This means one plastic pipe to get to the raised bed, and a second pipe with the built drippers on the pipe.

    They make different pipes with built drippers based on different water flow rates for different plants and soils.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/DIG-1-4-in-x-100-ft-Dripline-with-6-in-Emitter-Spacing-SHB106/204185819

  34. You should have worked your way backwards from the raised beds back to timer,,,less stress on timer

  35. How many Kits Per Bed? Or Could I Run water to 8 seperate Beds with one Kit? Or may i need to buy extra hoses and connectors?

  36. What if you need your hose for other things? Is that a bird freaking out in the beginning? I’m confused, is it a drip line? Is the whole thing perforated? Or just a section? The hoses are all connected so I assume it’s all perforated but then what about the section between beds and on the ground? Weeds!

  37. I've had a valve for a few years that I need to set up. Thanks for the information

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